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Comment Re:Nuclear ferries? (Score 1) 99

It's certainly technically feasible - the Russians run Nuclear Ice Breakers, the US had the N.S.Savannah and of course there are lots of Nuclear Submarines.

The cost of it is the killer; there is no way you would see a return on investment at the moment plus many ports would ban you outright.

Apparently though when oil was expensive in the 70's the running costs were the same.

Nuclear Cargo Ships are like Concorde - a technically brilliant idea that could, with time and investment, have evolved over a number of iterations to be something truly game-changing and different - but was eventually stillborn. There are no technical reasons why not flying around the world at Mach 2.0, at least over the oceans or seeing fleets of nuclear cargo ships.

Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 667

Britian has never been alone. Before there was the EU there was the British Empire. Now they have no influence and no friends.

The EU is losing it's 2nd largest economy and its 2nd largest net contributor - that's a lot of influence in my book. As for the EU, Britain never had any friends there anyway: that's been clear for decades. The EU does what is right for Germany and France. The writing has been on the wall for Britain in the EU for a number of years but successive EU and British Governments stuck their heads in the sand over it.

Comment Re:Death Knell for Britain Clear (Score 1) 667

In this case Scotland would not be alone but part of the EU instead of the UK.

Aye, but the slight flaw in the plan is "it's a load of pish" as they say in Glasgow. It's been made abundantly clear that if Scotland leaves the UK it will be in limbo for many, many years before it has a chance of joining the EU. Oh, and it's major trading partner by a country mile will not be in the EU anyway.

Comment Re:Tradeoffs (Score 1) 667

and how many wars between European countries were there in that 1000 years? How many since the EU?

The militaries of the US, UK and France kept the Soviets from rolling into Germany and onto the Channel - not the EU.
The nuclear weapon capabilities of those countries kept the Soviets from rolling into Germany and onto the channel - not the EU.
Have look at this Wikipedia entry : rather a lot of conflicts since the foundation of the EU wouldn't you say. The UK's contingent poured into that was the largest of any country.

Comment Progressive Bollocks (Score 1) 448

This is the tax system. The concepts of "do the right thing" and "their fair share" are ambiguous concepts. What is the right amount ? 10%? 20%? 30%? On what income is it levied ?? It's an easy slogan to use without having to put any meat on it. Nothing in this is illegal. If you are pissed off about it lobby your government and representatives to amend the tax laws. Apple as a corporate entity are obliged to make a return for their shareholders. Minimising the tax burden is one of the ways to do it. Is Slashdot now promoting the policies of the "progressive" left ?

Comment Re:Banning children of uneducated parent from scho (Score 4, Insightful) 281

It's not uneducated parents that are the problem. It's a lot of middle-class mothers who are totally convinced by the pseudo-science and rubbish that's peddled on the internet and by "Wellness" gurus. Australia seems to be infested with them.

Someone has just been hammered for this.

The Paleo Diet is alive and well here, pushed by a chef who somehow has become a dietary-science expert and made a mint from pushing books that contain dangerous pseudo-diets.

We also seem to be very susceptible to charlatans spruiking special-cancer treatments that do nothing but give false hope, drain someone's bank account and leaves them dead quicker.

Submission + - Sorry, Apple, the Headphone Jack Isn't Going Anywhere (

An anonymous reader writes: Two things unite almost every phone on display here at Mobile World Congress 2017: Android and a headphone jack. Apple doesn’t exhibit its wares at this trade show, so the domination of Google’s operating system is predictable. But the headphone jack’s persistence did not look so inevitable when Apple cut it from the iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus last September. Lenovo’s Motorola subsidiary had already shipped a phone without a headphone hack, the Moto Z, and Apple’s influence over the rest of the smartphone industry remains formidable — indeed, within months, the Chinese firm LeEco had debuted a lineup of Android phones devoid of headphone jacks. As my colleague David Pogue predicted in a post approving Apple’s move: “Other brands worldwide will be following suit.” The hardware on display here at the world’s largest mobile tech conference, though, suggests otherwise. Two days of walking around the show floor showed companies expressing a consistent unwillingness to abandon the humble headphone jack, even on models as thin as, or thinner than, the iPhone 7. The MWC floor revealed only one company willing to do away with the headphone jack: HTC. The Taiwan-based firm, which has struggled financially for years despite shipping such well-reviewed models at the HTC 10, used its exhibit to showcase the U Ultra and the U Play, which rely on their USB-C ports for audio output. Unlike, Apple, though, the company didn’t make the move to save space, but rather to incorporate its “USonic” feature, which lets the phones’ headphones calibrate themselves to your ears and provide noise cancellation.

Submission + - Can Technology Prevent Cops From Forgetting To Turn On Their Body Cameras? (

tedlistens writes: Stun gun maker Taser's growing police camera division has announced a new wireless sensor for gun and Taser holsters that can detect when a weapon is drawn and automatically activate all nearby cameras. The sensor, Signal Sidearm, is part of a suite of products aimed at reducing the possibility that officers will fail to switch on their cameras during encounters with the public. It happens more than it should: Last year in Chicago, for instance, an officer apparently forgot to turn on his camera before shooting and killing an unarmed 18-year-old named Paul O'Neal. Taser isn't alone in trying to address this and other technical and procedural issues with cameras, but reformers emphasize that just as body cameras won't solve problems with policing, new sensors won't prevent officers from failing to record.

Submission + - Can you bounce a water balloon off of a bed of nails?

Geoffrey.landis writes: Strangely, "can you bounce a water balloon off of a bed of nails?" had, up until now, not been on my list of important questions to keep me up at night thinking about. But students at Roskilde University in Denmark looked at exactly that question, and the somewhat more important question of exactly how the bounce is different, and how it is a model for bounding a droplet off of a nanostructured hydrophobic surface.
Their work is published in the European Journal of Physics
Alternate link: "can you bounce a water balloon off of a bed of nails?"

Submission + - Ask Slashdot: Why Are Many Products Deliberately Aimed At Younger Consumers? 4

dryriver writes: Everyone who is currently over 35 or so is familiar with a certain phenomenon: You've spent your childhood, teens and twenties buying everything "cool" — music, films, books, toys, clothing, computer games, comic books, PC hardware, game consoles, software, all sorts of consumer electronics. During this time, you and the rest of your generation kept the companies that produce this stuff flush with cash — it was your steady buying and consuming that allowed these companies to grow really big and thrive in financial terms. Now, suddenly, you are outside the target demographic for these same companies — they are still producing "stuff", but it is now aimed at new children, teens and tweens. When you look around for products made for a 35+ year old person, you find that almost everybody producing stuff is obsessed with serving a younger, less discerning demographic that is spending its parents' cash, just as you once spent your parents' cash. Why is this? Shouldn't products you "grew up with" also "grow with you as you grow" — accompany you into older age in a more mature, developed and sophisticated form in other words? Or is commerce all about get-their-money-while-they-are-young-and-impressionable?

Submission + - Is CGI a good or a service?

jader3rd writes: Freakonomics recently did a 55 minute podcast about the state of the Visual-Effects Industry. In the podcast Stephen Dubner goes over how other countries have made tax incentives which have heavily subsidized visual effects work. Resulting in jobs leaving America for foreign shores. What's interesting is that the United States and these other countries are WTO members, which forbid uncompetitive behavior between governments. But apparently that only applies to goods, and not services.

The example used in the podcast is putting Wolverine claws on Hugh Jackman. When subcontracting out work to put claws on Wolverine, should that be considered a service, or should the finished scene be considered a good? The usual standard is that if you can drop it on your toe it's a good. While you can't drop a scene on your toe, is the difference between a good and a service make sense in world where many products consist of digital bits?

Comment Stupid (Score 1) 96

Considering one of the persons involved was a Solicitor it doesn't seem like he showed superior judgement. FFS You pay quarter of a million quid for a flat and the person below wants to turn their "Guest House" into a bail hostel ? [ = huge amounts of money from the Government] FFS You would have the cast of trainspotting trooping in and out 24 hours of the day - say goodbye to your house value. It really does smell of payback doesn't it ? I would sell up and get out of there - that neighbour is going to be a continual pain in the arse for years. Google "Murrayfield Park Guest House" for more info - hardly glowing recommendations it looks like a right toilet. Mind you the complainant must have had rocks in his head for buying an apartment above a Guest House. It's close to Murrayfield so a tick in that box.

Comment Re:This Is Why I Voted for Brexit (Score 1) 156

Yes, regional stability is one of the many reasons.

Bollocks - regional stability has sweet f-all to do with the EU, despite what the EU administration would like you to think.
The only reason there is peace in Europe is because of NATO - something which pre-dates the EU political concept. Three of the largest contributors to Nato in manpower, money, equipment etc are non-mainland countries: US, UK and Turkey. The only mainland country who takes it seriously are the French.
Oh and the fact the previous uppity German leader was finally removed. Before that the European mainland has had 200+ years of war none of which, funnily enough, were started by the UK but always involved someone from the Mainland who decided their current boundaries weren't adequate.

Comment Rubbish (Score 1) 216

This sounds more like a PR puff piece from the company involved. Let's just ignore all of the Chip and Pin or "wave your card over the machine" payments systems in the rest of the world whose transactions must dwarf by many orders of magnitude anything India can manage. Slashdot is a shadow of it's former self - most of the articles it uses are really terrible bits of journalism or pure PR puff.

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